Theme/Style Art Nouveau, Modernism, figurative art
Artistic Focus One of America's most important 20th-century sculptors, Robert Aitken became known early in his career as a masterful student of anatomy and costume. Always striving to maintain originality in his works as opposed to acting as a mere technician, Aitken produced sculptures in which the figures seem not only alive but about to move; not merely posing but captured deep in thought.
• Robert Ingersoll Aitken was born in San Francisco, where he studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews and Douglas Tilden before making the first of two visits to Paris in 1897.
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